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I used to hate fruit too. You have to eat it anyway, really. Haha. I found once I started slowly incorporating new fruits into my diet, I started to like them more. When you cut out refined sugars, cereals like your "bland" fiber one will not be so bland anymore...the problem could be that you have a sweet tooth. Eating sugary treats all the time will make all other foods not seem sweet enough. You have become desensitized to naturally sweet items.
A good cereal I like is Kashi because they don't use refined sugar, they use evaporated cane juice (I couldn't find cereal without some form of sugar). I used to not eat any fruit except apples or bananas. Once I realized how important fruits and vegetables are to helping you become balanced (physically and emotionally) and healthy, it all just clicked and I made myself do it. I'm one of the pickiest eaters!! Trust me. It takes time, patience, and just "getting" it. This is your health, it's your life, why would you not feed yourself "premium fuel" in the form of good fruits and veggies??
I hope this helps. If not, let me know I can try to give you some more incentives to eat a variety of foods.
I can relate to most of what you said about being picky and struggling to find easy, good recipes. I've got a bookshelf full of cookbooks but I feel lucky when I find more than a couple recipes per cookbook that I even want to try. I've found that the internet provides lots of good recipes and I try to find recipes in blogs. Usually the food blogs have good pictures too. While some (many?) are definitely gourmet, there are plenty of blogs that provide surprisingly tasty, healthy, and easy recipes. One way to start is by typing in search terms for something you already know you like and you know is easy. It takes some sifting but after several sessions, you'll find a few blogs that frequently offer foods that appeal to you and that you'll actually cook. Build your own cookbook from there.
Lots of Luck to you. This can be done but it will take alot of changes and it won't be easy. Read about eating clean and see if you can make some small changes with your eating, especially not eating out or processed foods. we are here for you. Hugs, Shakenbake
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I'm 22, married to a wonderful man (26) and I have 2 dogs (Nemo and Buddy, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Nemo though is mixed with a Sh*tzu). I live in an apartment downtown in a very busy city. I'm 165 pounds. I consider my ideal weight to be about 130. I used to be fairly fit when I was younger, I did a lot of team sports. Unfortunately, I don't have any friends and I'm not big on joining strangers for a game of basketball or tennis. My husband has Cerebral Palsy and he has very bad balance so he finds it hard to do some things that other people find easy. He's taking me out bowling for my birthday, so hopefully that goes well and he doesn't get frustrated with himself and we can make it a regular thing. It's not much of an exercise, but it's some kind of activity at least.
I have a sweet tooth and I'm a picky eater. Not a good combination. I didn't eat much in the way of fancy foods when I was younger. Our staples were pasta, potatoes, meat... generally, very bland. We weren't big into the spices since my dad had problems with his esophagus and I have IBS. So it was hard to make something that we could both eat.
Don't get me wrong, I will try new foods, but the fact of the matter is, I don't like a lot of foods. Just trying to find a healthy cereal I'm met with food that I find bland or even gross. Fiber 1 for example is so bland I can barely eat it even with a tsp of sugar. I love vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, but I hate almost all fruits. I don't mind apples, bananas (very occasionally) and my mother-in-law made some dessert with blueberries once that was very very good.
I hate cooking, although I think I can do a passable job if I have a good recipe to follow. My husband and I often eat out because I don't feel like cooking. I've been trying to find a good cookbook that has pictures for every recipe, but it's hard. I can look at a 300 page book of recipes and I find that I'm only attracted to 10% of the food listed.
Anyway, I'm sure that's more than enough and probably contained a lot of unnecessary information. My goals are to loose 30-35 pounds, become fit & lean, & to finally feel good about the way I look and believe my husband when he says I'm beautiful.